Future Honda Ridgeline Gets Mainstream Look: 2015 Chicago Auto Show | Edmunds

Future Honda Ridgeline Gets Mainstream Look: 2015 Chicago Auto Show

CHICAGO — A preview sketch of the next-generation Honda Ridgeline reveals a redesigned pickup truck with more conventional looks and mainstream ambitions. The sketch debuted at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

"The all-new truck will take the original's award-winning performance, comfort and utility to new levels with completely new styling that communicates unmistakably that it's a pickup, yet with a uniquely Honda flair," the company said in a statement.

Honda has not yet provided a model-year designation, launch timing, pricing or technical specifications for the next Ridgeline.

On December 10, 2013, Honda said the all-new Ridgeline will come to market in less than two years. Production of the first-generation Ridgeline ended in mid-2014.

The sketch highlights the redesigned truck's more conventional pickup bed as the Japanese truck targets such major players as the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.

The first version of the Ridgeline has been described as an "anti-pickup pickup." It features unibody construction, skips a V8 engine and has a maximum towing load of 5,000 pounds.

Edmunds says: With the rollout of the 2016 Honda Pilot SUV and the unveiling of the design of the future Honda Ridgeline, Honda not only dominates the Chicago auto show, it also signals that its lineup of light trucks will play an even greater role in its future product portfolio.

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